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In Stress and Health

Does “happy” equal “healthy”?

Feeling happy is linked to good physical health among Americans but not among Japanese, finds a study in Psychological Science. Researchers analyzed data from almost 1,400 participants in two studies of midlife adults, one in the United States and one in Japan. Participants recorded how often they felt 10 different positive emotions over one month. Feeling frequent positive emotions was associated with healthy blood lipid levels known to be strongly predictive of risk for cardiovascular disease among American participants but not…

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In Stress and Health

Oxytocin, Family Relationships, and Health

The first discovery of oxytocin was made in 1906 by British pharmacologist Sir Henry Hallett Dale. Since that time, the scientists from different fields have been investigating this hormone. Psychologists did not avoid a temptation to study its actions in the areas of clinical psychology (e.g., Autism, fear, anxiety, and depression), behavioural psychology (e.g., addiction vulnerability, maternal behaviour and in-group bonding), and social psychology (e.g., expressing generosity and trust, and family relationships) either. Currently, the topic about the quality of…

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In Stress and Coping

Does Laughter Really Prolong Your Life?

In my book, I am talking about the link between defence mechanisms suggested by Anna Freud. George Vailant investigated them further proposing to distinguish them in a hierarchical order from pathological to mature or adaptive ones. This idea became a start point for investigating the role of these defence mechanisms in our health and well-being. It so turned out that denial and humour became the most investigated defence mechanism in the area of medical psychology. In this post, I would…

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